Re: New/old pattern syntax, why can't we have both ?

Subject: Re: New/old pattern syntax, why can't we have both ?
From: James Robertson <jamesr@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Wed, 19 Aug 1998 22:33:00 +1000
At 19:23 19/08/1998 , you wrote:

  | I think that the solution is very simple. 
  | The new syntax should be seen as a shorthand for the full, verbose, XML
  | form. 
  | It would be the parser responsibility to translate the compact form into
  | the normalised, "canonical" fully-XML form so that the application
  | programmer can be oblivious of this syntax details.

How does this resolve the problem?

This approach means that:

* Custom parsers still need to be written for XSL.

* They still need to be able to parse the "shorthand" form.

* They would then be required to do an additional mapping
  to a "long" form.

Isn't this more work, not less, and still leaves the
_very_ undesirable situation of having "non-XML" XML?



James Robertson
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SGML, XML & HTML Consultancy

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